‘To be free one must give up a little part of oneself.’ – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
[Disclaimer, I found it easy finding films on LGBTQ movies on Netflix (as seen here). I struggled finding as many on Prime.]
Hedwig & The Angry Inch (2001)
The epitome of a cult classic that you need to see, especially after Netflix’s Sex Education played such great tribute to it. Hedwig Robinson (John Cameron Mitchell) is a transgender lead singer of a rock band. But she was once Hansel Schmidt, an East German boy stuck in East Germany, who was offered a way out in exchange for a sacrifice of sorts…
The winner of the Best Picture at the 89th Oscars (after La La Land was mistakenly named) was director Barry Jenkins first film in 8 years. With his latest, If Beale Street Could Talk about to appear in UK cinemas (my 5 star review will appear in issue 3 of Film Stories – available to buy online here or in person at the BFI), it’s time to see this if you’re yet to see it. It’s truly exquisite.
The Handmaiden (2017)
They don’t make as erotic psychological thrillers as they used to. Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by Welsh writer Sarah Waters, this South Korean movie is a period drama with a difference. Witty, tense and rather brilliant.
Special TV mention – Transparent
Before it’s lead Jefferey Tambor went and ruined it this was one of the jewels in Amazon’s crown. The story of a patriarch (Tambor) who comes out to his family as a trans woman, few shows are this funny, sophisticated and honest.
Special TV mention – Please Like Me
Australian comedian Josh Thomas wrote and starred in this, a drama/sitcom about a twenty-something navigating the realities of adulthood. Often awkward, occasionally sad but always very funny.